As many would tell you, there is no better season than the monsoons for a good road trip.
The cloud cover provides respite from the heat and the rain brings out the best of mother nature with lush greenery, spread all around.
Thus, there couldn’t be a better excuse to explore the green cover in the country and head to these gorgeous National Parks.
Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park located in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, is known to host a wide variety of endangered species like the Himalayan Musk Deer and Snow Leopard; and is known to be home to over 209 varieties of bird species (both resident and migratory).
It was also awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2014, in recognition of its outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation.
To get there you cross places like Chandigarh and Bilaspur, enjoy a drive along River Beas and enter the Banjar Valley. Once you reach Kullu, you can then head to the head office in Shamshi, that helps you plan your trek. Opt for the new Ford EcoSport for this one.
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Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve forms a part of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve and is located at the tri-junction of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Along with other sanctuaries that it shares its boundary with, they form a conservation landscape for elephant and tigers.
Located 240km from Bangalore, and about 68km from Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the reserve has tall grasses, a special variety of giant bamboo, species of timber and is home to wild animals such as panthers, mongeese, tigers and elephants among others. It is also home to over 260 species of birds as well.
The eight-lane highway to the reserve is a smooth ride. Closer to the Reserve, Ford Freestyle’s robust structure, and safety features such as the Active Rollover Prevention can let you have a lot of fun while maneuvering the hair-pin bends
Singalila National Park
Celebrated as the highest altitude park in West Bengal, the offroading track at Singalilia National Park is quite popular among tourists. It has a stunning view of the Himalayas, including the Everest and Kanchenjunga.
Home to an exotic base of flora and fauna, you might come across exotic wild animals such as the Red Panda, Barking Deer, Leopards and over 120 species of birds.
Not being able to venture deep into the forest might be a drawback, but you can make the most of this experience by with your Ford Endeavour, where you’ll be able to conquer any terrain with ease.
Mawphlang Sacred Forest
The Khasi Hills are home to some very interesting and spooky sacred forests which have been preserved by traditional religious sanctions. If you dare to wander, you should visit the famous Mawphlang Sacred Forest.
Located about 25 kilometres from Shillong, the forest has amazing flora which makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers. The forest is known for its one sacred rule: nothing can be taken from here, whether it’s a stone, a dead log, or a leaf. If you carry something out of the forest with you, you will carry the curse with it.
The best way to reach is to take a flight to Guwahati and then maneuver your way through some of the picturesque roads of the country towards Shillong. The sporty, dynamic and powerful Ford EcoSport could prove to be the perfect choice for this adventure.
While you pick your best destination, don’t forget to follow the clouds! And respect the forest.